Pupils aim to win day with champion idea

PUPILS from an Edinburgh primary school have become the youngest children ever to give evidence to the Scottish Parliament.

Eleven-year-olds from St Mary’s RC Primary in Leith were invited to speak to the education, culture and sport committee to explain why Scotland needs a children’s commissioner.

The four youngsters, Matthew Devlin, Joshua Sabin, Sarah Tellwright and Tsara Ford, said they wanted someone who would help with domestic problems - such as the ones tackled by ChildLine - and who would ensure they were not overlooked by adults.

They also said the commissioner, or "children’s champion", should have a team of staff to canvass young people about their needs, "like Santa".

The Welsh Assembly has already appointed a children’s commissioner and in Scotland the education committee is now collecting evidence before making a decision.

Tsara told the MSPs: "The children’s champion would know what matters to children because they would let children know how to get in touch with them.

"For example, they could advertise their number on the telly and they could visit schools regularly."